Job Creation Sputters, Tucson Stuck With Michelle's Tab, Abusive Cops Tell Their Tale: P.M. Links

  • Only 115,000 new jobs were created in the U.S. in April — down from 154,000 in March. But the unemployment rate declined ... because so many people gave up looking for work.
  • Not too fond of the TSA? Neither is Senator Rand Paul. He's asking the public to sign a petition supporting his bill to scrap the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Michelle Obama dropped into Tucson for a political fundraising visit, and all local taxpayers got was the hefty tab for her security detail.
  • Under pressure from lawmakers and the public, Facebook joined the Global Network Initiative, a politically favored group intended to help Internet companies doing business internationally deal with issues including privacy and free expression.
  • To win the presidency, Mitt Romney must thread a bit of an electoral needle, but his advisers insist it's do-able.
  • France's incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy has closed the gap with his main rival, but is still expected to narrowly lose to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande. Meanwhile, Greece's conservatives are expected to win a small plurality in an election dominated by small parties, leaving the country's reaction to its economic plight up in the air.
  • In the disciplinary hearing of New Jersey police officer Regina Tasca, the officers she stopped from beating down an emotionally disturbed man were called to render their interesting version of events.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Michelle Obama dropped into Tucson for a political fundraising visit, and all local taxpayers got was the hefty tab for her security detail.

    Small price to pay for that ray of sunshine.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    "Though the final cost is unknown, the security price tag for the first lady's fundraising visit will likely come in at far less than what taxpayers paid for President George W. Bush's 12-hour overnight stay in Tucson in July 2008, also to raise campaign funds.

    Bush attended a fundraiser at a private foothills home for Tim Bee, a Republican running that year against Democrat Gabrielle Giffords in Congressional District 8. It cost local taxpayers nearly $100,000 between resources used by the Tucson Police and Pima County Sheriff's departments."

    Just, you know, sayin'.*

    *And, by the way, George didn't pay.

  • RBS||

    Yep, you got us. Oh wait, we don't like it when the other side does it either. Or are you really going with "Where was Reason when W did..."?

  • ||

    Anal is King of the Tu Quoque, a mysterious dance performed properly only with Wayland Flowers.

  • sloopyinca||

    Now, now. Joe from Lowell was DWTS-good at that shit too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Further evidence of a war on women in this country. Taxpayers pay less for a female First Lady than they do for a penis-owning man President.

  • ||

    Jezehellions have ovulated en masse in agreement with this.

  • Pip||

  • Paul.||

    Bush attended a fundraiser [...]

    Didn't read past.

  • Kwanzaa Cake||

    Bush = POTUS

    Michelle = never elected to anything

    Seems that maybe that should factor into the analysis, though of course it is objectionable for any of them to fly around the country campaigning on taxpayer dime.

  • Tulpa the White||

    I didn't like it when Bush was doing it either.

    And what basis do they have for claiming it will "likely" be less expensive than Bush's visit, other than wishful thinking?

  • Coeus||

    Did you change the name to herald the "return" of tulpa, or because you're Hispanic and these are the new rules?

  • Tulpa the White||

    As far as I know I'm neither Hispanic nor undead.

  • Trespassers W||

    *squints menacingly* That there sounds like zombie talk, son.

  • Coeus||

    So nothing like this then?

  • Coeus||

  • Coeus||

    dammit. Anyone know why reasonable won't put certain images in the post?

  • Hell's Librarian||

    Are they over 50 characters?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    I don't think that's an image, so much as output from code.

  • Zeb||

    This is why I think that there should be a law forbidding the president or his family or anyone else who gets publicly funded security should not be allowed to go anywhere not essential to their actual job unless they pay for their security themselves. And there are very few trips that the president actually needs to make. Everything could be done from the White House by teleconference. And if they need a vacation, they can go to Camp David. Why the fuck are we paying for campaign stops and vacations? Why shouldn't security be a campaign expense that every candidate needs to fund themselves?

  • ||

    Dont y'all get it? The Obamas are living like Louis and Marie Antoinette on purpose. It is an in your face fuck you. They are deliberately spending as lavishly on themselves as possible and doing so in full view and if you dont like it, fuck you.

  • Zeb||

    I've been bothered by this since way before Obama. I really don't think the President should go anywhere. All the security bullshit is just a huge pain in the ass for everyone else in the world who doesn't want to hear some stupid speech. And to top it off, everyone gets to pay for it.

  • Tulpa the White||

    The Obamas are waaaaaaaay more profligate with this stuff than their predecessors. I don't recall Bush or Clinton ever going on vacations other than to Camp David or back to their homes in Texas and Arkansas.

    Chelsea certainly wasn't living it up on the Yucatan on the taxpayer dime.

  • Mike M.||

    Yes, Michelle Obama is a loathsome, disgusting pig.

  • ||

    I simply do not get why local taxpayers are on the hook for this (and W's) visit(s). Why isn't the security cost simply taken off the top of the fund-raising take?*

    *Yeah, I know. Because fuck you, that's why.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Dont feel too bad. Im sure the local cops received shitloads of fed money for the stimulas, wod., wot, etc. They probably would have less then half the leo's they have now without fed dollars.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    But Romney's team acknowledges that any realistic course to 270 starts with winning back three historically Republican states that Obama won in 2008 - Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia - and believes that changing demographics in Virginia present a challenge.

    Are states that suddenly got swept up in Obamamania really going to be that difficult to flip back?

  • gaijin||

    true...I mean if Obama's numbers are so solid, why even have the election?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Obama likes the way you think.

  • Virginian||

    Uh sorry, he won my state by supressing the hell out of the military vote (boxes and boxes of absentee ballots that weren't counted) plus the wave of idiot college kids at VCU, UVA, VT, GMU, etc.

    He won't win VA again.

  • ||

    Are states that suddenly got swept up in Obamamania really going to be that difficult to flip back?

    His Pestilency is in full vote buying mode and economic numbers are being massaged more effectively than any Swedish masseuse named Lars can. The answer to that question, IMO, is "yes".

  • VG Zaytsev||

    His Pestilency is in full vote buying mode

    That assumes that American voters are more honest than O.

  • Tulpa the White||

    Pennsylvania is ripe for the picking too.

    The problem with VA isn't changing demographics (I presume they mean race), it's the explosion of federal workers in the northeastern part of the state. AKA the only part of the country that's prospering under Obamanomics.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "My concern was that he was either going to become missing, that we were going to get into a foot pursuit with him, that we were not going to be able to locate him at some point," Thibault said. "Or, it was my concern that a tragedy was going to occur, where this might end up out in the road and where either I get hit by a car or he gets hit by a car. It was unknown what was going to happen based upon his behavior at that point."

    I remember an LEO acquaintance telling me once that well-trained police do not escalate a non-violent situation.

  • tarran||

    well-trained police do not escalate a non-violent situation.

    That means I've run into a high percentage of poorly trained police in my life.

  • sloopyinca||

    That means I've run into a high percentage of poorly trained police in my life.

    The odds of ^^this^^ happening were overwhelmingly in your favor. Finding a well-trained one is like finding a Leprechaun buttfucking a unicorn.

  • Ska||

    I once found a unicorn fucking a dolphin, but those aquatic mammals are randy little bastards.

  • Brandon||

    They used to have a show like that in Tijuana.

  • tarran||

    Oddly enough, the cops in my home town are pretty good - probably the result of having so many powerful people residing there.

    However, in my numerous interactions with them after my ex-wife entered her gettin-in-trouble-with-the-law phase of her downward spiral, I've been impressed by how ... fragile ... the mid level detectives' egos can be.

    The best was when one of the detectives was interviewing me in the halls of the district courthouse and discovered I had excuplpatory information that a defense attorney needed to hear. He waved the defense attorney over (good), and said "this guy has exculpatory information" (swoon), and then turned and said "I give you permission to talk to him pointing at the defense attorney (grr). Defense attorney, smiling, says "Hi, you actually can talk to me if you want regardless". The detective exploded and berated the attorney for his attitude and wouldn't stop until the attorney had cringed and abased himself sufficiently (GRRRRRRR!).

    Of course, since I could go to jail if I defend myself independently of the local security monopoly, and I have a very high chance of having the ex show up to do something dramatic, I stayed very quiet.

  • Restoras||

    You're LEO acquaintance must have been absent from the police academy on the day of the "fuck you, that's why" lesson.

  • sloopyinca||

    No problem. It's part of their daily continuing education program, IIRC.

  • ||

    For no reason at all, Tool.

  • Restoras||

    I'll be listening to this while on the elliptical tonight.

  • ||

    Yes, you are one.

  • ||

    "Look at me, I'm an impotent pervert who can only count to four! This music is confusing me, on account of I'm really dumb!"

    That was you. That's what you say.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Epi can only count to four? What happened to his thumb?

  • ||

    Vagina dentata accident.

  • ||

    What's even worse is the gal didn't brush either sets of teeth. I predict sepsis in Epi's future, the kind that makes antibiotics cower in fear.

  • ||

    There is no horror like that of thumb syphilis, you know.

  • Pip||

    Man, I got bit clean through the thumb by a cat. Super high doses of antibiotics coupled with a real knack for healing fast and still it ran pus for seven weeks.

  • ||

    Four?!?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    There are five lights.

  • Trespassers W||

    I like Star Trek.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You love it. You loooooooooooove it. You would totally pon farr it if you could.

  • Trespassers W||

    Hey guys: what do you find in the toilet of the Starship Enterprise?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Captain's log?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Not for another three years. Them's the rules.

  • ||

    Woman mauled by cheetahs at cheetah petting zoo. Husband takes lots of great pix of the action!

  • AuH2O||

    Great time to post the picture of the Cheetah and Dog who are friend

    Apparently, they have been raised since they were born together, so they are friends. It gives the Cheetah companionship without worries about one animal knocking the other one up.

  • ||

    It gives . . . companionship without worries about one . . . knocking the other one up.

    And really, isn't that what all great relationships are about?

  • ||

    It gives . . . companionship without worries about one . . . knocking the other one up.

    And really, isn't that what all great relationships are about?

  • ||

    And really, isn't that what all great relationships are anal sex is about?

    FTFY
  • ||

    And really, isn't that what all great relationships are anal sex is about?

    Like I said the last time this topic came up, just the thought of waking up the next morning and peeing out a brown plug is enough to keep me from ever trying anal sex. Plus, I fear that everything I find beautiful and wonderful and ethereal about the female body would be instantly dashed at the first whiff of poo.

  • ||

    Your innocence shall be your undoing.

  • ||

    So you're saying that you don't want to do horrible, disgusting, vile things to beautiful, wonderful, ethereal female bodies? Something's wrong with you, dude.

  • ||

    Something's wrong with you, dude.

    You're the one who apparently doesn't have a problem being smeared with poo . . . but there's something wrong with me?

    You scat freaks are all the same.

  • ||

    That's why Jesus invented enema kits and emotional pressure. "You want us to stay clean, don't you, baby?"

  • ||

    Oh God, I find myself agreeing with Warty. What fell abyss have I stared into?

  • ||

    What fell abyss have I stared into?

    The same one that Warty apparently thinks is A-OK once it's been properly irrigated.

  • Paul.||

    There's a reasonable chance the cheetah will kill the dog when the cheetah reaches a certain age.

  • ||

    There's a reasonable chance the cheetah will kill the dog when the cheetah reaches a certain age.

    Probably so. Even a large dog is little more than a prey item to a big cat.

  • Paul.||

    I watched a thing about some scientists who raised some polar bears from practically newborn cubs. They were all cute and cuddly and fun to play with. When the male bear got to a certain age, he was just unpredictable and could fly off at any random moment.

    It really hit home that wild animals are wild. And there's a point when they reach a mature age when all the wild instincts kick in. When they're little, they're just not big enough to eat you.

  • ||

    When they're little, they're just not big enough to eat you.

    That's it in a nutshell. Take Siegfried & Roy, for instance. It may very well be, as they maintain, that the tiger thought it was playtime when it mauled Roy. Point is, when an apex predator that weighs several hundred pounds (or a lot more, if you're talking about polar bears) decides it's going to be aggressive - whether out of anger or playfulness - even the strongest man out there is going to be absolutely helpless.

  • R||

    Point is, when an apex predator that weighs several hundred pounds (or a lot more, if you're talking about polar bears) decides it's going to be aggressive - whether out of anger or playfulness - even the strongest man out there is going to be absolutely helpless.

    And that is why we invented guns.

  • RBS||

    I know they were supposedly domesticated, at least as much as a cheetah can be, but really, who thinks a fucking cheetah petting zoo is a good idea?

  • ||

    . . . but really, who thinks a fucking cheetah petting zoo is a good idea?

    I bet they made money hand over fist, in which case it's a great idea. But you'd definitely have to have your customers sign an ironclad waiver before letting them step into the enclosure. Either that or some really great mauling insurance.

  • Anacreon||

    We went to a lion cub petting zoo in New Zealand and it was awesome. Have some great video of my then 8-year-old son playing with a little lion.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    After that first picture with the Cheetah licking its lips I'd have told my wife to stand up and calmly walk the fuck out of there.

  • Brutus||

    See, you're just not a higher-order European type. Those kind see the cheetah sizing up the missus and immediately think, "This will be a great photo op."

  • plu1959||

    Jackie's gonna get rich off your hideous disfigurement!

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    Come see Douchebag v Douchebag.

    I'll let you decide who is the douchebag.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    Haha. I was going to post this as well, but you beat me to the punch. You should have called it "Hipster Douchebag vs Fox News Douchebag".

    Either way, listening to Hipster Douchebag talk made me lose IQ points. Every time OWS people speak they should come with a Surgeon General warning so that people who inadvertently stumble upon their ravings know they face potentially toxic levels of stupid.

  • GILMORE||

    OOOOOWWWWW!

    I had to stop after 1minute. It still hurts.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    I was laughing, I have to admit. But it is kind of painful.

  • ||

    "We're going to spread the map as far as we can for as long as we can," said Rich Beeson, the Romney campaign's national political director. "I compare the map to something like molten lava. It just hasn't hardened yet, it's moving around, and it will continue to move around until the bell rings for the bell lap after Labor Day."

    And who said The Flopster can't rise to the occasion? Feh. Now he'll need new programming and some electoral Viagra. Unconvinced, I remain.

  • AuH2O||

    Shocker! Jezebel thinks Julia is super accurate and good counter to conservatives.

    Gotta love this comment:

    Republicans:

    1. See above graphic.

    2. Tell college students to borrow money from their parents (because we all have a dad just like Mittens).

    3. Institute a total free market economy, where poor people have absolutely no chance of succeeding.

    4. Deny said poor people any basic social support, and watch them wither and die.

    5. Deny the gays any basic rights, much less the right to marry, so we can save the Caucasian race.

    6. Wait until only 356 rich, white guys are left in the U.S.

    7. Bomb the Middle East, South America, and Asia.

    8. Move to Newt's brand new moon colony and wallow in retirement.

    There is, somehow, even more stupid in those comments. While no lover of the GOP... holy shit, who actually believes that crap?

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    Well, I'm totally in for 3, 4, and 5. It's about time we purged all the poor people and gays, amirite?

  • ||

    They don't "believe" anything. They're retarded sheep. They regurgitate. There isn't enough going on in what passes for their brains to be called "belief".

  • Pip||

    More like cows. regurgitating and re-chewing their cud.

  • fried wylie||

    Sheep are ruminants too.

  • ||

    While no lover of the GOP... holy shit, who actually believes that crap?

    Ahem, FREE HEALTH CARE! MEDICAL CARE IS A RIGHT! Remember that?

  • Brutus||

    Cure me, Dr. Maximus, or I'll have a civil rights suit against you before you can say, "Eric Holder's peeps."

  • ||

    Believe's got nothing to do with it.

  • ||

    *barf*

    It never fails. Take something so tone-deaf, so odious and distasteful, so obviously WTFOMGBBQ ridiculous like that creepy, paternalistic graphic, and every fucking time the Jezebel morons will love it. They will swallow it all, every last drop, much unlike the semen that it is isn't is isn't feminist to do so with.

  • ||

    much unlike the semen that it is isn't is isn't feminist to do so with

    You know, that's something I've been wondering about. When is it acceptably feminist and liberated for a lady to be a slut? Is is when she's fat?

  • AuH2O||

    She should be about 18 stone. I don't even know how much that is, but it sure sounds fat.

  • ||

    18*14=252. That might be fat enough, maybe.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    The correct answer is 19 stone.

  • AuH2O||

    Imotep is invisible.

  • plu1959||

    BBQ?

  • AuH2O||

    Oh, sweet Jesus, this one is terrifying:

    Julia is me. It's so spot on. I'm 35, and I hit every one of those benchmarks (except the part of getting health insurance through my parents because that wasn't available when I was done with college) That's why the conservs hate it. It speaks to us big time.

    Okay, so can I also take this moment to point out a flaw in the Julia thing: HEADSTART HAS BEEN EMPIRICALLY PROVEN NOT TO WORK. IT IS JUST A FEEL GOOD PROGRAM THAT WE WASTE MONEY ON!

    Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

  • Zeb||

    And I find it generally distressing (even if it did "work") that people keep pushing more and more programs to get children under state supervision earlier and earlier.

  • AuH2O||

    Well, with your kids looked after by the state, you can reeneter the working world sooner, to smash the Patriarchy! Or something.

  • Zeb||

    Or how about this? If you can't afford to take care of them, or hire someone else to do so, don't have fucking kids.

  • AuH2O||

    My Body, My Choice, Your Money! Jezebel 2012

  • Pip||

    That's great!

  • Tulpa the White||

    If we allowed group marriages in this country, this wouldn't even be a problem.

  • Coeus||

    Or how about this? If you can't afford to take care of them, or hire someone else to do so, don't have fucking kids.

    That attitude is apparently racist.

  • Zeb||

    Seems even more racist to suggest that black people are incapable of using birth control effectively.

  • Brutus||

    It doesn't matter that it doesn't work. It's a placebo, a little placeholder for the State to remind you its cold, moist embrace is never far off.

  • AuH2O||

    More FFS:

    I can't help it - I teared up looking through the webcomic. I could see my life there. Things like heathcare pricing equity, subsidized BC, and the Lily Ledbetter Act really have/will improve the quality of my life, along with the lives of millions of other women. Thanks, Obama! These are things we would NEVER have seen under a McCain presidency.
  • AuH2O||

    The level of cynicism I had before was clearly not enough, because somehow I thought, "Hey, at worse, they will like it, because they love the idea of a cradle to grave welfare state." I never thought, "And a number will compare their life experiences to Julia, and love Obama even more."

    My monocle even comically broke. So, I guess the real question is: Whale bone or Orphan bone to reflect the new depth of my libertarian cynicism?

  • Brutus||

    Winston Smith's adoration for Big Brother was mere puppy love next to the Jezzies' for Obama.

  • ||

    So basically: I got mine, so fuck the rest of you?

    And they think the conservaives are the selfish ones?

  • AuH2O||

    But if we just raise taxes on the rich, we will never run out of money! So this kind of lifestyle will be available in perpetuity to all women!

  • Zeb||

    Pretty much anything that ends with comfy retirement on a moon colony sounds good to me.

    I wonder if they know which 356 white guys will survive.

  • AuH2O||

    Also will we... er, I mean they... be accompanied by sexbots?

  • Zeb||

    Either that or Colombian prostitutes.

  • Tulpa the White||

    So it's playing well with the Jezebel readership?

    I don't think that's what BO intended it for.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Obama's campaign is doing a bang up job with the "would walk over broken glass to vote for him" demographic.

  • Brutus||

    It's like Amanda Marcotte and John Edwards all over.

  • RBS||

    I don't know if anybody saw this: Mother of the Year

  • ||

    She's kinda cute for a lunatic.

  • Zeb||

    If I was younger and she wasn't locked up, I'd consider pretending to be her other long lost son looking for an incestuous hookup.

    Maybe not.

  • Paul.||

    She's kinda cute for a lunatic.

    They always are... they always are.

  • Rich||

    Paul is working on "multiple" TSA bills

    The one that permits each gropee to select his groper from among fellow passengers will never make it out of committee.

  • Yertle||

    But the one that permits each groper to select his gropee, no problem.

  • Killazontherun||

    Is that First Tit in that pic, or just oddly smudgy skin?

    Anyways, for the funny -- http://www.nationalreview.com/.....c-w-cooke#

  • Zeb||

    No, that's the second tit. The first tit is on the other side.

  • Brutus||

    Man, did Cooke inject that SPLC guy with that same shit the terrorist dude gave Ah-Nuld in "True Lies?" It was almost like he was telling the truth or something.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Not too fond of the TSA? Neither is Senator Rand Paul. He's asking the public to sign a petition supporting his bill to scrap the Transportation Security Administration.

    So Paul is helping the TSA gather new names for the No-Fly List?

  • PersonalJustice||

  • Paul.||

    "I saw you murder that man in cold blood, and I'm going straight to the police to report you!"

  • Killazontherun||

    The warped, entitled mentality of one military family:

    http://www2.journalnow.com/ent.....r-2229757/

    My family has a long history of military service. Both my sons and my husband served in the Marines. One of our sons left and never came home. He made the ultimate sacrifice. My daughter is seriously dating a physician. Although her boyfriend is nice and respectful to us and appears to make her happy, whenever we look at him, all we can see is his lack of military service. We also cannot help but think of our son. Why should this young man get to go to school until his late 20s, get a job right away and live a totally comfortable and entitled life while other young men leave their families and never come home? My daughter thinks he is wonderful and says we are being unfair toward anybody who is not in the military. We think her boyfriend is essentially throwing our family's sacrifice in our face by living in the lap of luxury. My daughter wants us to meet his family, and we are unsure what we should do. Any suggestions?

  • Rich||

    By golly, vote for Romney!

    /sarc

  • ||

    Doesn't Romney have five perfectly healthy sons that never served in the military? Now I don't buy into the chickenhawk fallacy, but unless they formed an all-Mormon folk singing group I don't see how Romney can connect with these kinds of people.

  • Rich||

    Sorry I mentioned it.

    sarc

  • RBS||

    I read that earlier and was filled with rage. If I could talk to the guy I would tell him to get the fuck out of there and never look back. I don't care how great the girlfriend is, she isn't worth spending your life being treated like some second class citizen.

  • DEG||

    Yes! Run away!

  • Hell's Librarian||

    Yeah, I read that and was really taken aback. I can only think that grief has screwed up their thought processes. I thought Amy's answer was pretty good (as are most of hers).

  • plu1959||

    That was my reaction, too. Sounds like Mama needs to do some "work."

  • ||

    My daughter is seriously dating a physician. Although her boyfriend is nice and respectful to us and appears to make her happy, whenever we look at him, all we can see is his lack of military service.

    We really can't catch a break, can we? Damned if we do, damned if we don't. Most mothers would be creaming their jockeys over such a suitor.

    We also cannot help but think of our son. Why should this young man get to go to school until his late 20s, get a job right away and live a totally comfortable and entitled life while other young men leave their families and never come home?

    This woman is not familiar with the rigors of residency and how difficult it was for said lad to be accepted to medical school, and also not realizing how much time he probably doesn't spend at home. Totally comfortable my ass!

    Any suggestions?

    Oh, I have a couple...

  • plu1959||

    Too close to home?

  • Killazontherun||

    The Marines, it's not just a job, it's a cult.

  • AuH2O||

    Yes, I have a suggestion. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get the fuck over yourself. Seriously, your noble "profession" is being trained to kill people, and there was a reason that it wasn't really until the rise of nationalism that it was considered a noble profession.

    Not to shit on service members, obviously. You do a hard and somewhat (though maybe not at current staffing levels) necessary job for our country. But I do find it weird we consider it so moral, or the intersection of soldiering and hardcore Christianity. I mean, Just War Theory aside, soldiering is a profession where you may, at some point, be asked to kill your fellow man. That seems morally tricky to me, even if that killing is an "In Self Defense" kind of thing.

  • ||

  • Tulpa the White||

    there was a reason that it wasn't really until the rise of nationalism that it was considered a noble profession.

    Which is why the best warriors were called nobles?

  • AuH2O||

    Eh, fair point, but even then, the bulk of soldiers were mercenaries, who got a terrible reputation.

    I suppose Rome considered it noble, but it was seen as a path to citizenship and that was also pre-Christianity.

  • Zeb||

    Here's some advice. Go fuck yourself. What do you expect everyone to serve in the military?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'm doing my part, are you?
    Join the mobile infantry and save the world.
    'Service Guarantees Citizenship'

    Would you like to know more?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    By the way, Starship Troopers 3 is vastly underrated. They really cranked up the satire of the War on Terror state. (Of course, Heinlein is spinning in his grave.)

  • Pip||

    I pay your salary.

  • ||

    Jesus christ, I was in the army for some years, and I would punch that woman straight in the vagina. We aren't fucking heroes; most of us were guys who either wanted some scratch to pay for college, or were too goddamned stupid to have any better job prospects (and before any of you say anything, my case was the former, you fucking assholes!).

    And if you don't believe me, look at the ASVAB. You could pass that fucker if you fell asleep and your face hit the keyboard on the way down. And they sell "study guides" for it at book stores!

  • Tulpa the White||

    But you were (I'm guessing) a peacetime recruit. Joining the military in the midst of war/counterterrorism/kinetic action/etc connotes a different sort of motivation.

  • Eric Johnson||

    What the hell values and freedoms does she think the men in her family are fighting to protect? Doesn't the way of life being defended include the right to NOT be in the military?

    And she looks down on a Doctor? Really? Healing others and promoting health isn't good enough of a way to make a decent living?

    Run, unknown physician. Get away from this family fast.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    They're just bereaved and angry that their son is dead. They "can't help but think of their son" because that's all they ever think about. Losing a child (even after they are grown) can do terrible things to the minds of the parents. I've seen this happen first hand, twice. I feel sorry for them. Chances are good that they will stop seeing everything in terms of their son's death as time passes.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    Yeah, exactly. See Cindy Sheehan for another example of this. Everything she says and does is filtered through lens of the death of her child. I don't blame her (or the mother in this letter) for that; I think it is natural if ultimately unhealthy. It's hard to move on from the death of a child.

  • ||

    It's hard to move on from the death of a child.

    I'm not unsympathetic to this point of view; however, punishing the other surviving child's life pursuits is hardly conducive to the necessary healing that must take place so the mother can regain a semblance of health. When it gets to the point that the mother is willing to essentially take everyone down with her in her grief, she runs the risk of alienating everyone around her and/or totally destroying their lives as well. Obsession to the point of insular, irrational behaviour never leads to good endings.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    she runs the risk of alienating everyone around her and/or totally destroying their lives as well.

    Yeah, that's what made me think of Cindy Sheehan, whose grief was so all-encompassing that it basically destroyed her family, and, I think it can be argued, her own life. You can't blame a parent for mourning a child, but you can damn sure blame them for crapping up/ on their other kid's life. The letter mom is well on her way to retracing that path.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    we are unsure what we should do. Any suggestions?

    GET THE FUCK OVER IT. This isn't Starship Troopers (book, not movie) and offering up your body as a sacrifice to the State is not a holy calling.

  • ||

    I'm going to an "art" show tonight. I'll let you guys know if it's something worth looking at, or if we can continue ignoring its existence.

  • ||

    "I'll take one art, please!"

  • ||

    "What a clever impersonation of a stupid, poor person."

  • plu1959||

    One of the funniest. H&R threads. Evar.

  • Rich||

    Just talk lots of "science". You'll score.

  • AuH2O||

    Is it to get laid? If it's to get laid, figure out which picture is hers/her friend's, and complement its passion and make up some shit about how it's a metaphor for humping.

  • Paul.||

    Seems like a short path to getting a drink thrown in your face.

  • Coeus||

    It's all in the presentation. The difference between you getting soaked with a drink and her getting soaked with you can be as small as the way your're standing when you spin that bullshit.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    Yeah. Hmmm. You could start a conversation about the sensuality inherent in the lines and curves of the piece, reminiscent of the organic symmetry of hip and breast.

  • ||

    Yes, yes, Demonica Archiva...go on...this is a fascinating interpretation...

  • John||

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/142186/

    America's biggest douchebags.

  • ||

    meh.

  • Paul.||

    Tasca faces more than a dozen departmental charges and possible termination as a result of the April 29 incident and one on April 3, 2011, at Holy Name Medical Center. In that incident, she allegedly failed to assist Officer Jerome Fowler after he was struck by an intoxicated woman that they had taken to the hospital.

    If I were Tasca, I wouldn't want to work for any police agency that acted this way. Because you know even if she esacpes her charges, her job's going to be very tough, and you know this shit ain't isolated.

  • B.P.||

    Best/worst states to do business for 2012.

    http://chiefexecutive.net/best.....iness-2012

  • AuH2O||

    One thing to do one of these days (don't worry, I will give fair warning): Leave a link on Jezebel of reason making fun of them, and watch them get super upset and cry. And then watch them come on here to try to tell us off. That would be great.

  • Tulpa the White||

    Just what we need, more rathers.

  • Paul.||

    Without rathers, we wouldn't have registration...oh wait.

  • John||

    http://www.nationalreview.com/.....c-w-cooke#

    let me put on my surprised face.

  • ||

    Occupy isn't violent, because corporations. You see?

  • Coeus||

    This old chestnut seems appropriate here.

  • Brutus||

    'Bout sums it up.

  • Trespassers W||

    That wasn't just a mask slip. That was like taking it off for a full minute so they could reapply their eye liner.

  • John||

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/.....6RMeNknKSp

    Secret Service shows no respect to hooker.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Well she's not showing a lot of respect for the Secret Service. She doesn't seem very impressed with them:
    "As far as the investigators go, just like the Secret Service agents are dumb, imagine the investigators," she said.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    As well she should be! They were apparently unable to tell the difference between a prostitute and an escort. And when she tried to explain the difference to them (several hundred dollars, apparently), they got all annoyed. It's enough to make any girl question a guy's intelligence!

  • plu1959||

  • John||

    She is one of two profs at Harvard and Yale who didn't graduate from one of those two. She went to Rutgers. But she didn't falsely claim to be an Indian to get her job. No no.

  • rac3rx||

    Why is it all of these affirmative action idiots swear these policies are necessary, when they simultaneously claim that all of their minority hires were hired solely for merit? If you're hiring solely on merit, then you don't need affirmative action, correct?

  • ||

    The logic couldn't more damning. There is that pesky Implicit Association Test, that keeps stonewalling repealing AA policies. Apparently, discrimination in hiring can only be proven by a lack of representation of a given segment of the population of applicants, yet to weed out the lesser qualified candidates in favor of the most qualified and desirable requires...discrimination in hiring.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    1/32 Indian and she thinks she's special.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    The fact that they refuse to comment speaks volumes.

  • GILMORE||

    In the disciplinary hearing of New Jersey police officer Regina Tasca, the officers she stopped from beating down an emotionally disturbed man were called to render their interesting version of events.

    interesting stuff..

    "My concern was that he was either going to become missing, that we were going to get into a foot pursuit with him, that we were not going to be able to locate him at some point," Thibault said. "Or, it was my concern that a tragedy was going to occur, where this might end up out in the road and where either I get hit by a car or he gets hit by a car. It was unknown what was going to happen based upon his behavior at that point."

    Ahh. So, naturally, Option A = Deck the guy and start wailing on him.

    Its the only way to be sure you can 'help' them later.

    Option B = Taser, natch.

    Elston contended that Thibault could have ordered Sharp to stop or be placed under arrest, and had a few moments to do so before tackling him.

    What?? What madness is this?? Clearly she didn't understand that this was an *unknown* situation, and presented a potential risk to everyone in the area... not to mention the possibility they could be hit by cars, lightning, trains, falling rocks from volcanic eruption. The only safe thing to do is attack and subdue people before even saying a word.

  • Paul.||

    Comedy would have been Tasca beating the crap out of the officers while shouting, "Stop resisting!"

  • Coeus||

    Jezzies are pissed. They're not really clear on why, but it seems they have a problem with the fact that there's a recent spate of news articles which don't focus on women.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    They need some 'mansplaining.'

  • Hell's Librarian||

    Awesome. For one thing, I absolutely love it when so-called feminists reduce human beings to their genitals.

    But even more than that, why she gives a shit about this I have no idea:

    See, it's not just men with low testosterone levels who are seeking testosterone treatment--it's also young men who just want a little extra zing in their boners. It's recreational

    WHO CARES. Also, this article is incoherent even for Jezebel.

  • Coeus||

    Also, this article is incoherent even for Jezebel.

    Indeed it is. The intention seems to be a comparison to birth control for recreational sex. Which would be great, if these guys were demanding free treatments.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    First Spouses (when the day we elect a female president comes), should just stay the fuck in the White House for four or eight years, and amuse themselves with the myriad of entertainment in-house provided by our tax dollars.

    AND they should shut the fuck up and stay out of public policy-making decisions.

    "The Derider" tried to say the above is an abridgement of the First, but fuck The Derider. We don't elect the spouses of presidents, so they should have no say in anything.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Hey now, I'd take Abigail Adams over some of her contemporary "male" founders.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Point is, spouses of presidents need to shut the fuck up and not get involved in policymaking.

  • T o n y||

    Shooed many kids off your lawn today?

  • T o n y||

    How much should we limit the First Spouse's free speech rights?

    Does she have a right to limit yours in return?

  • Hell's Librarian||

    More tanning mom pics.

  • Coeus||

    How did she get orange from a tanning booth? Could someone with some experience help me out here? Isn't it only the pills or the spray that turn orange?

  • ||

    Typically, yes. Most likely she was taking tanning pills or using a cream in conjunction with the tanning booth to get a darker effect faster, and perhaps with less tanning booth time. I would also be curious as to her diet whether or not it is high in beta carotenoids and other anti-oxidants, as they can lead to an orange pigmentation (canthaxanthin pigmentation) of the skin. Or she could have Addison's disease.

  • Coeus||

    Grazi

  • fried wylie||

    wait, tanning pills? wtf?

  • Coeus||

    They've been around for decades, but if you're pale enough to need them, they turn you orange. So basically useless.

  • PantsFan||

    Well Shit

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Literally.

  • T o n y||

    What a vile bunch of idiots you are.

    You know what types of people poll unfavorably toward Michelle Obama? You and racist inbred morons. I'm doing the courtesy of assuming you're not one and the same.

    This country has traditionally, owing to its alarming number of presidential assassinations, spared no expense in trying to prevent them. Those of us who don't want to see the president or his family harmed consider it a public service.

    Besides, if you want to see the presidency taken down a notch and penny pinch its security detail, you might as well wait and let the next white one take the leap, just so we can be sure it was really an idea borne of fiscal prudence.

  • Skip||

    Has anyone in the history of the country ever tried to assassinate the First Lady? Serious question.

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